So, when I was browsing through my latest issue of Horse Illustrated, I found this breathtaking, poster-size photo of Charlotte DuJardin in the 2012 London Olympics on Valegro preforming a beautiful extended trot. I knew I had to draw it. Later, the time rolled around in the high school freshman art class to ink drawings with a bottle of liquid ink and a dip pen. He wanted us all to find a photo of something we might want to draw, and I happened to have my magazine with me, so I tore the poster out and I drew it. I've been working on it for a couple weeks now, and I would really like some critiques/tips on how I can make it better before I actually put messy, globby, black ink that I have never had the wonderful experience of using before on it. It's not very neat now anyway, but it's just a rough draft.
Obviously, it has a way to go, the head needs more detail, my scanner chopped the person's head off. The actual, final drawing will be 12x18". It will have a mane, I was thinking of leaving it loose, rather than braided like the picture. I might raise the front leg higher, I dunno just yet. The right hind hoof needs some work, the saddle could use more detail, and the lady needs some smoothing out. Any other tips?